Aroundsquare's Commons Mala are a modern take on the classic mala beads, a wearable worry bead set used around the world to focus the mind and steady the nerves. Our mala bead bracelets are uniquely strung on our custom made 2mm high density Kevlar cord. Commons sets consist of 17 of our barrel shaped Commons beads, with an 11.8mm "Boss" or guru bead in a complementary exotic material, and two matching Nano beads on the tassels. The beads are technically wearable, and come strung with a triple overhand knot to help lock in the size adjustment below the Boss bead, but it should be noted that the size and weight of these beads gives them a substantial feel on the wrist, which may not be to everyone's taste.
While the smaller and lighter sets have their place, there is something really unique about having a set of large beads like this, hefty in the hand, and designed specifically for breath work, bead counting, and meditation. It's a little bit hard to articulate, but the fact that these sets are decidedly NOT for flipping, somehow moves them into a different category of thing, and encourages us to slow down and work more on the things they are designed for. It's a bit like having fewer apps on your phone, or fewer papers on your desk.. it structures your mindset for what you want the thing for.
Details on the Commons Beads
The Commons get their name from the ubiquity of their shape in traditional Greek begleri and komboloi. These barrel-shaped beads are timeless in their simplicity, and very similar beads can be found in a wide range of materials ranging from inexpensive plastics through to semi-precious stones. The individual Common beads have a 1:1 aspect ratio, with weight varying according to the material. The shape and weight of the Commons gives the beads a very distinctive and almost industrial look on the wrist, and results in a brilliant crisp clacking sound during bead counting. These large beads are a treat to cycle through, and have a solid, substantial feel in the hand.
- 17x Titanium Common beads + 1x 11.8mm Mokuti beads + 2x Ti Nano beads ~75g
- 17x SS Common beads + 1x 11.8mm Zirc beads + 2x SS Nano beads ~128g
- 17x Brass Common beads + 1x 11.8mm Mokume beads + 2x Brass Nano beads ~140g
- 7x Copper Common beads + 1x 11.8mm Mokume beads + 2x Copper Nano beads ~150g
For more information on the Full Metal Mala beads, have a watch of this section of the Drop Preview.